Not sure what to say about this film. Silly and contrived but ohhh is Eva Green a looker. Damn.
The Rules of the Game. I figured I should see it, considering it’s near the top of many best film lists. I enjoyed this one as much as I hoped I would. I have a thing for ensemble drama done well, as well as the upstairs/downstairs dichotomy. I’ve read that Gosford Park (another one of my favorite movies) was inspired by this one.
Cría Cuervos (1976)
“Crisis,” the Ingmar Bergman movie. My hopes got all jazzed up by how much I ended up enjoying “Torment,” but I couldn’t stay interested here, and found myself wanting to check my e-mail and so on mid-movie. So I did, and just kind of took it on good faith that I’d somehow absorb the rest of the story by looking up every now and then while doing other things. I didn’t feel like I missed much.
Godard Double Feature:
-Band of Outsiders
Tonight I do not know what to watch. I have had the Munich DVD forever and feel like I should just make myself watch it. But my recently bought Army of Shadows DVD is winking at me, and my recording of The New World is looking tempting.
What did you think of Band of Outsiders? I have it sitting on my coffee table – still need to watch it.
Here’s my suggestion:
The New World if you want to fall asleep early.
Munich if you want some good ole’ fashion Spielberg love.
Army of Shadows if you want to be blown away.
Wait a second, is Munich really Spielberg-y?
It’s Spielberg in a good way. I love the film; after Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, it’s my favorite Spielberg dramas.
Since I am not in the mood to be blown away I think I am going to watch Munich.
In regards to The New World. Do you like other Malick, and find that film boring, or do you just not like Malick?
I watched Last Year at Marienbad and Simon of the Desert.
Marienbad was different than I thought it would be and Simon of the Desert was excellent!
heehee, I’ve never even seen The New World so I’m just trying to screw with you. But generally speaking no, not a fan of Malick. I’ve only seen Badlands and The Thin Red Line and didn’t care for either (yes, too boring). So feel free to ignore my Malick suggestions. lol
Martyrs (2008) – unbelievably twisted
Fritz Lang’s Man Hunt (1941) Wow! Some absolutely fantastic black and white imagery.
Yes, Fredo, I will ignore your Mallick suggestions. I’m curious about something. When watching The Thin Red Line, once you started being bored did you distract yourself or push through and stay focused. For me at least with films others call boring, I can sink into after awhile, and time just slowly drifts by. This happens with Antonioni also and is a really cool feeling.
I watched the whole thing years ago and no, it never really sunk in completely. I taped it on my DVR about six months ago and watched about two hours of it but didn’t have time to finish it and then just never went back to it.
Criterion’s a night to remember. Nice transfer and love the low key 1958 Brit. film making. They did a nice job with the miniatures and the sets.
Army of shadows, Ugh. the most overrated film I’ve seen in a long time. Just because it’s Melville oh la la. Talk about boring, and God that scene of Signoret trying on her disguises had me rolling in the aisle at film forum.
Oooooo Fredo is gonna snap! Watch out Ira! haha
First three episodes of the Dekalog.. I’m going to reserve my judgements until I finish all of the episodes.
Mahjong 10/10,an amazing dramedy of devious tone and charming characters….
and…this site should really add more Edward Yang films…
“Kill!” and I loved it
Drew, did you see those Godards for the first time? Band of Outsiders and Breathless rank amongst my favourite films. What did you think of them?
a couple of Jeeves & Wooster episodes… great stuff!
Law, It was my first time seeing Band of Outsiders, but I have seen Breathless a few times. All of the Godard movies I have seen have been so entertaining and jazzy. What he does really well is that when something dramatic happens, you are taken out of that world and it becomes kind of a shock. For example in BoO the whole thing feels like a fun game, until ______’s _______ is found dead, and then it is a really disturbing shock.
I saw a great Pasolini today that might burst into my young top 10.
Drew: What’s your favourite Godard at the moment?
Hmmm that’s really tough. If I had to pick then I guess Breathless, but I have fully enjoyed all five I have seen.
The Return – loved it, to bits.
I really want to see The Return, I need to find a copy.
I watched the first part of Berlin Alexanderplatz and finished Hearts of Darkness.
Schindler’s List meets North by Northwest. meh
Claire Denis’s Friday Night (2002).